In the depths of lockdown, some social media images were more beneficial than others. The best provided a momentary escape into another world. For me, few were as transporting and uplifting as the photographs and short films by Australian photographer Claire Takacs, who recorded some of England’s most beautiful gardens this spring when their doors were firmly closed to the public.
Now, Takacs has collated her images into a two-hour webinar, which she will host for the first time on 28 June. Recent photographs of the likes of Gravetye Manor in Sussex will be paired with favourite shoots – from the Arts and Crafts garden Bryan’s Ground in Herefordshire and the Lake District’s Lowther Castle, which has recently been re-imagined by landscape designer Dan Pearson, to Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech and Hillandale Gardens in New South Wales, Australia.
“I’ll be able to go into much more depth than I can in print publications,” says Takacs, who will guide attendees through her “dreamscapes” (which is also the title of her 2017 book). “The talks will be inspirational, rather than technical.” At the same time, Takacs will reveal her image-making process, which always focuses on capturing fleeting moments of beauty in nature, often at the most magical times – namely, dawn and dusk. Each talk will include a Q&A session, for which questions can be submitted in advance.